U-17 MNT Opens CONCACAF U-17 Championship on Friday: U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team head coach Richie Williams has named the 20-player roster that will represent the USA at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Nineteen of the 20 players have ties to the Development Academy. The USA is paired with Cuba, Guatemala, host side Honduras, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago in Group A. After the USA’s game against Cuba on Friday, Feb. 27, the U-17 MNT faces Trinidad & Tobago on March 2, followed by Guatemala (March 5), Honduras (March 8) and Jamaica (March 11).
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Futsal Period Enhancing Play at YNT Level: During the Development Academy’s futsal regionals, ussoccer.com caught up with U.S. U-14 Boys’ National Team head coach Brian Johnson and others to discuss how the Academy futsal period is aiding the players’ skill for the U-14 BNT, Academy teams on the outdoor front and levels beyond.
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ACADEMY QUICK HITS (Feb. 21-22):
- West Conference: Crossfire Premier’s Uriel Herrera scored his 20th goal of the season to lead his U-17/18 side to a 3-0 victory against the Portland Timbers in Northwest Division action. Herrera is tied with Real So Cal’s Spencer Held as the goal scoring leaders at the older age group. Cody Gibson and Joey Parish also added goals to help Crossfire Premier improve to 13-4-5 on the season.
- Central Conference: The Texas Rush U-17/18s rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 2-2 draw on the road against FC Dallas. The heated Frontier Division is tight among the top of the standings. Texas Rush is 8-3-4 and in third place at 1.87 points per game, and FC Dallas is in fourth at 7-4-3 and 1.71 points per game.
- East Conference: Orlando City had an unbeaten weekend on the road against South Carolina United Battery Academy, posting a 1-1 draw at the U-15/16 level and a 4-1 win at the U-17/18s. Benjamin Michel scored twice for Orlando City as the older squad overcame an early deficit.
- Academy Player of the Week: Real Salt Lake AZ’s Brooks Lennon had a productive weekend with two goals, scoring the opener of his U-17/18 team’s 5-0 victory against Nomads SC, followed by the lone goal during a 1-0 win against San Diego Surf. Real Salt Lake AZ is first in the Southwest Division (18-3-3, 2.38 points per game), and Brooks has now scored 18 goals in 19 appearances. That ranks third among all goal scorers at the Academy’s U-17/18 age level.
- Academy Referee of the Week: Jessica Nila, a 22-year-old Grade 7 referee from northern California, received high marks this past weekend during the U-15/16 match between Strikers FC and Pateadores, earning Academy Referee of the Week. Nila is in the midst of her first season working Development Academy matches.
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Academy Playoffs, Showcases Return to Grand Park: The Development Academy’s U-13/14 Showcase and the Academy Playoffs for the older-age groups return to Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana. The younger-age showcase runs June 19-22. The U-16 and U-18 Showcases take place June 22-25, and the Academy Playoffs are set for June 23-26. Additionally, the Academy Championships will be held July 16 and 18 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, California.
Academy Coaching Spotlight: Planning for the Future: Sockers FC technical director David Richardson spoke with ussoccer.com about the new Youth Technical Directors course and its role in transforming leaders within the youth soccer community.
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